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The Twelve days of Christmas in Westerham
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Westerham, in North West Kent, is preparing for a
spectacular display of Christmas trees during its
annual Festival in the town’s 800-year old church.

From 28th November, St Mary’s Westerham will be filled with twinkling lights as Christmas trees transforms the historic church into a veritable Christmas grotto. The event is organised by St Mary’s Heritage Trust and local schools, businesses, clubs and societies, families and individuals all get involved to bring and decorate trees. Contributions, which light up the aisles for 10 days, range from the sophisticated and elegant to the entertaining and quirky.

The trees will form a decorative backdrop to the National Youth Ballet performance of The Nativity, the finale to St Mary’s Heritage Trust’s 10th Anniversary year celebrations. Helen Ogden from St Mary’s Heritage Trust said: ‘St Mary’s has been at the heart of the community for centuries, and this Festival really gets the community involved. It also encourages people who don’t normally visit to come into the Church, enjoy its rich history and the community spirit. This year we have some never-seen-before trees, and the marvellous Youth Ballet finale.’



Westerham’s festive diary:

28th November: Late Night Shopping, 5pm to 9pm; Lights Switch On, 6.30pm

28th November - 8th December: Festival of Christmas Trees in St Mary's Church

(Entrance is free, open from 10am to 5 pm daily except for Sunday 30th November: 12 noon to 5pm and Sunday 8th December: 12 noon to 6.30pm when visitors are invited to join the Advent Carol Service.

Refreshments available all day on Saturday 30th November. Regrettably the Festival will not be open on Saturday 7th December as the National Youth Ballet performs in the Church that day (see below)


1st December: Carols on the Green, 5pm


For more details of Westerham’s Christmas celebrations, see www.visitwesterham.org.uk

7th December: The Nativity performed by National Youth Ballet. For full details and to book tickets please visit http://www.stmarysheritagetrust.org.uk/events/event/nativity-ballet/
The small town of Westerham offers a variety of independent retailers, between them offering a wide choice of unusual Christmas presents. The hand-made, the vintage, the one-off and the uncommon are watchwords in this pretty, historic town.  
Westerham offers a variety of independent retailers, between them offering a wide choice of unusual Christmas presents

Among its dozens of shops are several high-end antique/interior design shops and a variety of boutiques including shoe, handbag and country clothing specialists. Furniture, jewellery and chocolates – all handmade - are available, as are various spa and beauty treatments.

A full list of the stores can be found at http://www.visitwesterham.org.uk/visitors/v-shopping

Factfile: Westerham is located on the A25 between Oxted and Sevenoaks. It has xx shops and five car parks (Darent is the largest with 97 spaces) and a twice monthly Farmers’ Market (October 6 & 20; November 3 & 17; December 1 & 15). The Christmas Late Night Shopping Evening is on 28th November. Most shops are open Monday to Saturday to 5.30pm; a selection is open on Sundays.

First day of Christmas … putting on the glitz
- Lingerie set by Fantasie, bra £38 briefs £20. Available from Entre Nous
- Joseph Ribkoff evening top (pictured) £249 and necklace £21.50. Both from Prelude


Second day of Christmas … filling stockings
- Stay smart using your smartphone with Tech touchscreen gloves for £10 from All About You
- Stay individual with a Knicker making kit! £16.50 from Annie’s Attic
- Keep track with a calendar. Various designs/prices from Chocs on Green and Hospice in Weald


Third day of Christmas … seeing clearly now
- Palazzo shaped over mantel mirror in a lightly-aged silver leafed finish. £275 from Beverley Dean interiors
- Binoculars, goggles (all sorts – ski, swim etc) and diving masks, with or without prescription. Prices from £10 to £500 at Westerham Eye Care


Fourth day of Christmas … decking the halls (and beyond)
- French 1920s Art Deco figure, signed Maxim. £395 from a selection of decorative items at The Design Gallery
- Cire Trudon exclusive French candles. From £60 at Taylor Smith Antiques
- Girly Glamour Liquid Art. Prices start at £90, different sizes at The Interior Design Studio


Fifth day of Christmas … looking a million dollars
- Umbrella Black Mycra Pac coat. Lightweight waterproof coat in jolly colours reversing to black; comes in useful travelling bag. £279 from Judy French
- Italian leather handbag £69.99 and purse £29.00. Range of colours available from Zebra Zebra


Sixth day of Christmas … party time!
- Pop a cork or two - Moet & Chandon champagne (Nisa £39.25) around the dining table. Painted and bespoke furniture from The Vintage Home Company and The Old Bakery.
- Turkeys (including bronze and free range), sausages and trimmings from L A Larratt, local butchers
- Whisk up something yummy with a Kitchen Aid £428.95, or Cusipro whisk £13.99. Both at Steamer Trading


Seventh day of Christmas … time for treats
- Yummy handmade chocolates. Prices from pence to £££ at Chocs on the Green
- Handmade and individually designed jewellery. Prices on application from Flawless Jewellery


Eighth day of Christmas … keeping young and beautiful
- Aveda Hair products, 96% naturally derived. Prices vary, from Grace Hair Design
- Gift vouchers, various prices, from Roakes Spa
- Bronnley moisturising lotion, from £6 at Day Lewis Chemist


Ninth day of Christmas … something for all the family
- Satila big pompom hats, available in pink, blue, white, red or navy; newborn up to 5y. £17.50 from BebeBonito
- Baby bear (£199), Mummy bear (£299), footstool bear (£169), scarf (£19), ladies and gents hats (to £49). All from Orvis.


Tenth day of Christmas … relax!
- Local history - Westerham a Social History 1865 - 1919 by Bill Curtis? (£13.99) at Chocs on The Green
- Local tipple - gift pack of four Westerham Brewery beers (pictured - £9 from Nisa)


Eleventh day of Christmas … up up and away
Travel the world, get inspired at Westerham Travel. Prices vary!


Twelfth day of Christmas … snuggle up at home – in Westerham
- New kitchens - Ruach Kitchens offer a choice of kitchen designs, with 250 different doors/colours
- New home … beams and Inglenook next year? Details of listed houses and character cottages from local estate agents.

 


 
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